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ParkTalk Podcast

Naperville Park District, serving a large Chicago suburb, shares stories of people passionate about health, nature, sports, community and everything related to parks and recreation.

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  • S5 Episode 05: Address the Stress November 14, 2018

    KidsMatter CEO and Executive Director Kamala Martinez returns to talk about 3 initiatives to help students beat stress: free online tutoring, a digital leader program and a job fair for high school and college students. This episode is part of Series 5: Parks, Recreation and Health.   For a list of ParkTalk episodes and series and to submit ideas and questions, visit...

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  • S5 Episode 04: State of the Kids October 19, 2018

    KidsMatter CEO and Executive Director Kamala Martinez reports the results of an eye-opening survey of youth stress and new resources to help kids and parents recognize and deal with stress in a healthy way. This episode is part of Series 5: Parks, Recreation and Health.   For a list of ParkTalk episodes and series and to submit ideas and questions, visit https://www.napervilleparks.org/PODCASTS Quote from...

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  • S5 Episode 03: Nature Play for Young Children October 5, 2018

    Knoch Knolls Nature Center Manager Angelique Harshman and Naturalist Barbara Vrchota talk about a new program for young children, Nature Playtime, and other ways for busy families to enjoy nature. This episode is part of Series 5: Parks, Recreation and Health.   For a list of ParkTalk episodes and series and to submit ideas and questions, visit https://www.napervilleparks.org/PODCASTS Quote from the episode: “We want...

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  • S5 Episode 02: Nature Therapy September 12, 2018

    Physical therapist Dr. Allison Mitch discusses health benefits of spending time in nature for both adults and children. This episode is part of Series 5: Nature and Health.   For a list of ParkTalk episodes and series and to submit ideas and questions, visit https://www.napervilleparks.org/PODCASTS Quote from the episode: "Research coming out of the public health domain suggests that zip code is...

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  • S5 Episode 01: Health and the Park District Mission August 31, 2018

    Executive Director Ray McGury explains what's behind the new mission statement of the Naperville Park District, which is to provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community. This episode is part of Series 5: Parks, Recreation and Health.  For a list of ParkTalk episodes and series and to submit ideas and questions, visit...

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  • S4 Episode 05: WellFit for Balance and Strength August 14, 2018

    Occupational therapist Dina Kartsonas describes the benefits for seniors of her WellFit Seated Strength Training and Better Balance and Core classes at the Naperville Park District. This episode is part of Series 4: Senior Adult Connections and Resources.  For a list of ParkTalk episodes and series and to submit ideas and questions, visit https://www.napervilleparks.org/PODCASTS.   Quote from the...

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  • S4 Episode 04: Riverwalk Adult Day Services August 1, 2018

    Executive Director Laura Milligan of Riverwalk Adult Day Services explains how providing a safe, social, stimulating environment for adults of all ages in need of daytime care benefits participants and their caregivers. This episode is part of Series 4: Senior Adult Connections and Resources.  For a list of ParkTalk episodes and series and to submit ideas and questions, visit...

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  • S4 Episode 03: Wood Carving July 23, 2018

    Award-winning wood carver Shelly Weiser tells how he began carving at age 75, learned from a master carver and teaches kids and adults at the Naperville Park District. Shelly Weiser with some of his artwork. This episode is part of Series 4: Senior Adult Connections and Resources.  For a list of ParkTalk episodes and series and to submit ideas and questions, visit...

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  • S4 Episode 02: Ride Assist Naperville July 11, 2018

    S4 Episode 02: Ride Assist Naperville Guest Karen Courney explains a new transportation service available for Naperville seniors—how it works, her hopes for expanding in the future and opportunities to support this valuable and successful program. Ride Assist Naperville (RAN) was founded in 2016 and has been offering rides to medical and dental appointments for Naperville seniors since May 2017....

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  • S4 Episode 01 Fitness, Fun, Friends and Learning for Adults 50+ June 25, 2018

    Program Manager Lorraine Ouellette invites adults 50 and up to enjoy free or low-cost activities, classes and resources that can lead to better health, fitness, social connections and lifelong learning. This episode is part of Series 4: Senior Adult Connections and Resources.  For a list of ParkTalk episodes and series and to submit ideas and questions, visit...

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  • S3 Episode 04: Organic Gardening and Healthy Soil May 18, 2018

    Organic gardener Kelly Foster explains what organic gardening is, how it helps nurture healthy soil, and how you can take a step toward more of an organic approach to your home garden. This episode is part of Series 3: Celebrating Earth Day. For a list of ParkTalk episodes and series and to submit ideas and questions, visit https://www.napervilleparks.org/PODCASTS. Quotes from the podcast...

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  • S3 Episode 03: MADScientists: Fertilizers and Water Quality May 11, 2018

    Four sixth grade students in Naperville, Illinois discuss their experiment comparing phosphorus runoff from natural and artificial fertilizers. They entered their research in the U.S. Army’s eCyberMission competition. As one of only five sixth grade National Finalist Teams, they  competed in nationals in Virginia the week of June 17-22, 2018 and won first place in their division!...

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  • S3 Episode 02: Honey Bees and Native Bees May 1, 2018

    Entomologist Brittany Buckles explains how and why to protect both honey bees and native bees. Brittany served as the beekeeper for the honey bee hives at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots in 2017 and now is working with the US Fish and Wildlife's rusty patched bumble bee protection and recovery project in the Chicagoland area. This episode is part of Series 3: Celebrating Earth Day. For a list...

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  • S3 Episode 01: Composting for Healthy Soil April 9, 2018

    Kay McKeen, founder and executive director of SCARCE, an environmental nonprofit in DuPage County, Illinois, talks about how composting can benefit one of our most valuable natural resources: the soil. Learn how to start your own compost bin or join with neighbors in curbside composting. Kay McKeen, founder and executive director of SCARCE This is the first episode in Series 3: Celebrating Earth Day....

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  • S2 Episode 02: Ultimate Frisbee® March 29, 2018

    Arnoush Javaherian, also known as Coach Java, founded the Ultimate Frisbee® Club at Neuqua Valley High School in 2007, where he has helped the sport grow to include more than 200 students each year and to win the state championship 5 of the last 7 years. Java also coaches youth Ultimate at the Naperville Park District and is passionate about growing the sport worldwide.   This is our second...

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  • S2 Episode 01: Field Hockey Breaks Ground in Naperville March 2, 2018

    Parent and volunteer coach Monica Lodge tells the story of how she brought field hockey to Naperville, why it's a great sport for young, female athletes, and how the story continues to unfold with the help of parents, schools and the park district. This is episode 01 in Series 2: Emerging Sports. See a list of all ParkTalk podcast series and episodes here. For more information, check the...

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S1 The 2018 State of the Naperville Park District Address
This 7-episode series features interviews with Park District leaders and elected officials who share insights into current and future Park District projects and plans. Presented in past years as a talk to a live audience, the State of the Naperville Park District is now offered as a podcast series hosted by Sameera Luthman, Director of Marketing and Communications.
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To learn more about our sponsorship opportunities contact
Stacey Fontechia Sales and Sponsorship Manager at 630-848-3575 or at sfontechia@napervilleparks.org.

Looking for an opportunity to have a positive impact on people’s lives while building a fun and dynamic career? Consider the Naperville Park District! It takes all kinds of skills, knowledge and talent to serve the recreation needs of the Naperville community. If you’re passionate about the outdoors, staying active, having fun and encouraging others to do the same, then check out our part-time and full-time career opportunities.

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Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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Our Mission
We provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community.
 
Our Vision
To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
 
Core Values
Health and Wellness, Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability, Community Enrichment, Public Safety, Accessibility, Personal Growth and Enrichment
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